• Mar 19, 2011
As fears of radiation from Japan's severely compromised Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant seem to be growing by the minute, automakers have tried to assure car buyers that most of their products are produced far enough away from the crippled facility that fallout won't end up on vehicles, but a report from Kicking Tires shows that Nissan wants to go a step further.

Nissan will reportedly perform a radiation inspection on all vehicles imported from Japan; a process that will continue until all threats of contamination have subsided. Nissan is following through with the inspections even though The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association announced that it has found no harmful levels of radiation in any vehicles destined for export.

Nissan, along with other Japanese automakers, is also trying to better assess any potential supply disruptions that could come as a result of the quake and ensuing tsunami. The automaker claims that its current supply of vehicles here in the U.S. stands at 50 days worth of cars, trucks and SUVs. That number could dwindle, however, as current estimates show that the carmaker has at least seven days worth of parts. After those seven days are up, the company will reportedly reassess its situation.

[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd make a comment about the Cube, but that might be too tasteless right now.

      ......

      Yeah, check back in like six months.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To the "money wasters" and "time waster" ... perception IS reality. Too many products out there to buy ... too many choices. When John and Susie have a 4 yr. old and a 2 yr. old; and Susie says "let's just go look at Ford's, they for sure won't have a problem with radiation". It doesn't matter that Nissan doesn't or even if Ford does ... read the secnario again and tell me where they'll go shopping for their next car.
      stevelauper
      • 3 Years Ago
      My new NISSAN glows in the dark. Is that normal?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevelauper
        They could just sell radioactive cars as a special edition with "cherenkov blue" paint
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevelauper
        Did you opt for the radiation package? Probably a bad idea...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevelauper
        i can't help myself but it's way too early to make fun of the situation over there
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevelauper
        I was wondering when the glowing car jokes would start!

        I feel bad that the Nissan Leaf can't use any glowing car commercials now! It would kinda be cool for the ads! But I think it would insight a mental boycott! Kinda like a suggestive tone that the glow is radiation that makes one have subconscious ideas about the Nissan Leaf being nuclear or something...

        I'm still in "OMG / WTF" mode from the tragedy in Japan!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevelauper
        @Hatzenbach... nobody is making fun of the situation over there, only your mind is thinking that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're just wasting their money and time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      you gotta cater to the dumb Americans seeing that there seems to be more hysteria and panic on the westcoast (people stocking up on potassium iodide, etc) than the Japanese themselves living 5000 miles away, I'd say it not a bad pr move by nissan after all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, I wouldn't be surprised if some people were afraid to read my posts, lest they become irradiated.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Radioactive GTR sounds like immense fun!
        • 3 Years Ago
        How do you think Godzilla got created?
      • 3 Years Ago
      By the way, Jim Baker, American beef is not banned in Japan. It is readily available in supermarkets here. Even the article you linked to states that last year Japan was the third largest market for US beef. Smooth move, my friend.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, actually the ban on beef has tended to be the other way around. "American Kobe" beef is the result.

        However, Japan does have restrictions on genetically engineered food, like many EU countries. This effectively makes much of US agriculture off limits. The vast majority of corn and soybeans grown in the US, for example, are genetically engineered to be tollerant to the herbicide Roundup. The US in retalliation for the restrictions on genetically engineered food, then put restrictions on meat, justifying it as potentially spreading "Mad Cow" disease. But this is purely trade retalliation, as the food quality standards in these countries tend to be much higher than in the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might not be of much use but will help lift Nissan's image with the buying public.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ugh. I agree with you, but a big part of me just wishes these companies stop pandering to baseless fears (because it only legitimizes them!) and just put out a statement saying "Are you people idiots?"

        Alas, I think hell will freeze over first.
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